Edward Simpson, who has served as EVP of business development and international at ITV America, will also depart the company to join Montgomery in the new business. Brent will stay on for the next six months as strategic advisor to ITV America
In support of the new venture, ITV America has struck a production partnership with Montgomery’s new company, the details of which will be announced in the coming days. Together, they will create unscripted projects for multiple distribution platforms and markets, to be produced by ITV America’s in-house production infrastructures.
George was elevated to his current role last February, following two years as CEO of ITV-owned Leftfield Entertainment. George joined Leftfield in 2010 as an executive producer. Montgomery formed Leftfield Pictures in 2009 before expanding the business to what is now Leftfield Entertainment. He was named CEO of ITV America in December 2015.
‘I am delighted that David is stepping up. He has already shown that he is a brilliant creative and talented business leader, a true industry force who has a strong background on the network side as well as running a major production company. I very much look forward to supporting David’s vision as he continues to build ITV America,’ said Julian Bellamy, MD of ITV Studios, in a statement.
‘While I couldn’t be happier to embark on my next entrepreneurial chapter, leaving the hardworking, supremely talented and genuinely amazing people of ITV America, and what we created together, was the most difficult decision of my career,’ added Montgomery. ‘Now, as I look to build and grow a new company, I am thrilled to continue to partner with ITV America – the best in the business and whose great fortune it is now to be led by my longtime partner David George. He took Leftfield Pictures and made it better, he took Leftfield Entertainment and grew it, and I expect nothing less at ITV America. The trust and support ITV has shown me over the last four years is unprecedented. I couldn’t be more thankful and proud of our accomplishments, and am happy to be leaving the company in great hands, and with an incredible slate of cable, network and OTT shows heading into the new year.’